Rediscovered Radio

WYSO’s Audio Archives project began in 2009 when boxes of old magnetic tapes surfaced in a musty storeroom. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Archive Project and partnerships with the Greene County Library and other local organizations, over 200 hours of broadcasts, most from the 1960s and 70s, were cataloged and digitized. A project to collect oral histories to complement the recordings was also begun.

With support from the Ohio Humanities Council, the station will air this archival audio throughout 2014. The collection chronicles events at Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, around the Miami Valley and well beyond. We’ll hear the echoes of the civil rights movement as it morphed into many subsequent movements. We’ll sample news reports, interviews, documentaries, concerts, lectures, music shows, and other historic tape. We’ll listen for our collective present in the voices, and sometimes add contemporary commentary as we reflect on our progress (or lack thereof).

Archive Fellow Jocelyn Robinson begins our year-long project to explore this audio treasure trove and share it with listeners. It’s “Rediscovered Radio: Historic Audio from the WYSO Archives.”

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Rediscovered Radio
6:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Looking Back On Johnson And The Great Society

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D)

Fifty years ago, in November 1964, President Lyndon Johnson won reelection in a landslide victory, and Congress, too, was overwhelmingly Democratic. During the Johnson presidency, a number of landmark social programs were passed into law:  Medicare, Head Start, the federal food stamp program, the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, too.

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Rediscovered Radio
7:30 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Remembering Civil Rights Advocate Anne Braden

Anne Braden's mugshot
Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville

Americans are grappling again with issues of social justice and racial equality, in light of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And here in the Miami Valley the same issues are in the headlines, since John Crawford III was shot by police in a Beavercreek Walmart store on August 5.

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Rediscovered Radio
10:31 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Honoring the Ancestors: Bing’s Birthday Card

Bing Davis prepares to work on the latest piece in the Ancestral Spirit Dance series.
Jocelyn Robinson WYSO

We see the work of Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis hanging in banks, boardrooms, libraries, and concert halls throughout the Miami Valley. His art is full of color and movement, and is based on themes he’s been exploring for decades.

Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson found a 1981 interview with Bing Davis in the archives here at WYSO. And to celebrate the artist’s 76th birthday she some of the original recording and brings us up to date with the artist’s signature series.

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Rediscovered Radio
6:31 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

Last Saturday, family and friends gathered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to say good-bye to Maya Angelou, who died last month at the age of 86. Rediscovered Radio's Jocelyn Robinson adds our remembrance today with an interview from the WYSO archives, recorded at our studio in 1975.

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Rediscovered Radio
6:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Remembering What Happened At Jackson State College In 1970

Blood and bullets on the first floor of Alexander Hall, a women’s dormitory facing Lynch Street on the Jackson State campus.

In the spring of 1970, college campuses across the nation erupted in protests, mainly against the escalation of the war in Vietnam. We remember May 4th, the day Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on demonstrators at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine. Only ten days later, another campus shooting left two dead and a dozen injured at a historically black college in Mississippi, but that event is not part of our collective consciousness.

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